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Please note that this wiki space is the work space of the PDP WG, the authoritative space for all relevant resolutions, work documents, and tracking of progress, please consult the Project Page on  

Welcome to the Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services to Replace WHOIS workspace.

To Learn More and Join the Discussion

This WG plans to hold two sessions at ICANN59 in Johannesburg:

  • Session agendas, notes, recordings, and transcripts will be posted at the links above when available

To prepare for RDS PDP WG meetings at ICANN59, see

Further information about the WG's progress to date can be found under the "WG Meetings" tab,
especially the "Phase 1 Documents" tab, which is located under the "WG Documents" tab described below.

To Follow this PDP WG's Progress

Click on the "WG Meetings" tab at left to view information about all RDS PDP WG meetings.

Handy links for WG Members

  • To participate in a currently-open WG Member Poll:
  • Recordings and Notes from Last WG Meeting:
  • Materials for Next WG Meeting:



Click on the "WG Documents" tab at left to view WG work plans, inputs, phase 1 documents, and more.

Handy links for WG Members

  • Phase 1 Documents: x
  • Mailing list archives:  
  • WG Update reports:



Click on the "WG Membership" tab at left to view a list of WG Members and Observers and view the WG's email archive.

If you are interested in joining the WG as an active Member or mailing list Observer, please fill in the
sign up form or send the Word document [DOCX, 72 KB] filled in to the GNSO Secretariat.
 All members and observers are listed on the WG Members page.

All WG Members receive WG Meeting notices via email. WG Observers wishing to actively participate in WG Meetings can update their status to WG Member at any time by contacting Staff.

New to the GNSO Policy Development Process?

Start Here: GNSO Working Group Frequently Asked Questions 

 New to the RDS PDP WG?

Start Here: RDS PDP Beginner’s Tutorial Slides  and Tutorial AdobeConnect Recording 



This Policy Development Process (PDP) was initiated by the ICANN Board on 8 November 2012 when it launched an Expert Working Group on gTLD Registration Directory Services (EWG) to (1) help redefine the purpose of gTLD registration data and consider how to safeguard the data, and (2) propose a model for gTLD registration directory services to address accuracy, privacy, and access issues.Upon publication of the EWG’s Final Report in 2014, an informal group of GNSO Councilors and ICANN Board members collaborated to propose a Process Framework for structuring this PDP. On 26 May 2015, the ICANN Board adopted that Process Framework and reaffirmed its request for a Board-initiated PDP, using the recommendations in the EWG’s Final Report as an input to, and, if appropriate, as the foundation for a new gTLD policy. Both Preliminary and Final Issue Reports for this PDP were published for public comment in 2015.On 19 November 2015, the GNSO Council approved a Charter for the Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Service (RDS) to replace WHOIS (Next-Gen RDS) Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group. The initial meeting of this WG was held on 26 January 2016.

This workspace will continue to be updated to reflect the WG's plans and progress.


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